Obesity has become a problem of epidemic proportions in the last few years. Consequently, the number of weight loss plans being offered has grown exponentially. With so many options out there, how does one manage to choose the best weight loss plan?
The first person one should get information from when thinking about beginning a weight loss plan is a doctor. A doctor can help determine how much weight needs to be lost and can help sort through all the misinformation about various diet and exercise programs to arrive at the best plan to meet one's individual needs.
The simple truth is that no one plan will fit all. Medical advice is needed to establish a weight loss plan tailored to individual needs.
No matter how one goes about it, the best weight loss plan is going to involve making some fundamental lifestyle changes. Losing weight is not simply a matter of eating less or exercising more. Making the right choices in what on eats is actually more critical than the amount.
Eliminating junk foods that have no real nutritional value is an important first step. Replace these foods with vegetables and fruits that are naturally low in calories and rich in needed nutrients.
Exercise is a crucial part of any weight loss plan. Just as with eating, it is not about the quantity alone, but the quality. A doctor can assist in choosing an exercise program that is right for one's individual situation and can monitor one's progress so that more advanced exercises can be added when one is physically able to handle them. There is no one size fits all exercise program.
Losing weight is a very personal experience. Commercial weight loss programs are available that are based on counting calories and exercise. The best ones are very similar in approach. The absolute best weight loss program for you is one that you and your doctor have worked out that includes making fundamental changes in lifestyle, including food choices and an exercise program.
by Alvin Whitehead